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Glossary of Anatomy Ch. 7 Nervous System

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Parietal
somatic sensory area,
understanding speech and reading
Occipital
vision
temporal
auditory,
olfactory,
memory
frontal
primary motor area,
speaking,
higher intellectual reasoning, also memory
hypothalamus
most important autonomic center of the brain,
center of emotions and drives,
regulates pituitary gland
Cerebellum
coordinates complex muscular movements
controls balance and equilibrium
"automatic pilot"
medulla oblongata
contains autonomic centers regulating heart rate, respiration, and other visceral activities
thalamus
relay station for sensory impulses; crudely recognizes pleasant and unpleasant sensation
midbrain
conveys ascending and descending impulses,
involved with vision and hearing reflexes
pons
mostly fiber tracts, involved with breathing

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